The Easter Bunny can't do all the work. Some children and adults love to color eggs as well.
And there's more than one way to color an egg. It's fun to experiment with natural dye materials (simmer eggs with yellow onion skins and they turn a beautiful shade of orange).Food colorings can also be used, and egg-coloring kits are handy to have. The dye tablets are even available in disposable cups.
Coloring eggs is one of the world's oldest crafts, with roots that have been traced back to ancient pre-Christian civilizations, but the father of modern egg coloring was a New Jersey druggist, William Townley. He introduced pre-packaged powdered dyes for eggs in the late 1800s. He called the product PAAS, a variation of the Pennsylvania Dutch word for Easter.
The brand he created remains the nation's oldest and largest egg-coloring product. PAAS designers now offer Dough-Re-Mi Eggs, featuring an easy homemade clay they've named Fun Dough to stick on the colored eggs. After coloring the hard-cooked eggs, use the leftover coloring bath to tint the Fun Dough in different shades.
Fun Dough: In a small cup, mix 2 tablespoons leftover PAAS egg coloring liquid and 2 teaspoons white non-toxic glue. Add 2 tablespoons each flour and cornstarch; mix well. Knead dough smooth on waxed paper and sprinkle with cornstarch. Store dough in plastic bags until ready to use. Pinch off size of dough needed for decoration. Roll and shape design using fingers or a toothpick.
Shape design about 1/4-inch thick and press gently onto tinted egg. Insert wiggly eyes, if desired, and let dry. After the dough has dried on the egg, children may decorate the dough with crayons or pencils.